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Bronx Car Accident

Car accidents are among the most common type of accident in New York. In fact there are well over 200,000 auto accidents each year, leaving over 100,000 people injured. By far the leading cause of car accidents is negligence. Negligence can take many forms such as texting while driving, speeding, and driving while intoxicated. When car accidents do occur, there is a good there is a good chance that someone will suffer a serious, perhaps life-threatening injury such as a back injury, neck injury, broken bones, burns or internal injuries. Serious car accident injuries are not only physically painful they also lead the victim and his or family financial pain because of the medical bills the family faces. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident that was caused because another person was careless, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Bronx car accident lawyer right away as there are time limits to filing personal injury claims in order to receive compensation for your losses.

Why car accidents happen

For the most part negligence is a contributing factor to every car accident. Negligent driving means driving in a way that puts others on the road at risk. Usually this means violating a traffic law. Many accidents are caused because of spending, running a red light or stop sign, following too closely, distracted driving, or illegal lane changing. Even when road conditions or poor such when there is snow or rain, many accidents occur because drivers to do not drive in a manner consistent with road conditions.

Another type of negligence that leads to car accidents includes cars that are in some way defective. Each year thousands of vehicles are recalled by their manufacturers because of some sort of defect. In some cases the defect is relatively minor and innocuous, while in other cases the defect is critical and has caused serious injuries or fatalities. Where a vehicle's defect was a contributing factor to an accident, victims who suffered serious injuries have the legal right to pursue damages from the manufacturer of the vehicle through a product liability claim.

Car accident injuries

Victims of car accidents experience a wide range of injuries, most of which are back injuries, head injuries, and broken bones. For example, Joanne Pa Via was seriously injured in a chain reaction accident when her car was rear-ended by another vehicle. According to the lawsuit that she filed, her injuries included a disc herniation, disc bulges, cervical spine spasm/tenderness and diminished sensation in the right upper extremity. Via v. Artale, 2010 NY Slip Op 32455 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2010)

Filing a personal injury claim

If the carelessness or reckless of another driver caused the collisions resulted in your serious injuries New York law allows you to file a claim against that person for damages. To win a personal injury case you must show that the driver who caused your accident had a duty to you to drive with care. Because New York drivers are expected to drive at a reasonable, prudent speed, to keep the vehicle under control, and to obey all traffic laws in order to not cause harm to others, then all drivers on New York roads have a duty to other drivers. Furthermore, you must show that the driver's negligence caused your injuries and that you suffered damages. In other words, you must have suffered serious enough injuries that you required treatment. The types of compensation that you may be able to recover if you file a claim against the negligent person include:

  • Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
  • Medical bills including bills from the hospital, lab work fees, your doctors, physical therapy, prescriptions and bills associated with medical equipment
  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering

If a loved was killed in the car accident, you may be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death action.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Proving negligence in a car, SUV, minivan or truck accident case can present a number of complicated legal challenges. Even if you are unsure as to who was at fault in your car accident, it is important to not delay in contacting an attorney.  The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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